Kinship ties, social networks, and segmented labor markets: Evidence from the construction sector in Egypt

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    Abstract

    This paper tests for rationing of entry into craft occupations in the construction labor market in Egypt and investigates whether entry is rationed according to regional origin and access to kinship and other social networks. I use a modified version of Roy's model of occupational choice which allows for the existence of costs of entry into craft occupations. Data from a 1988 survey of construction workers are used to estimate the model and test for rationing. The results confirm the existence of rationing according to a worker's regional background, but are inconclusive with respect to kinship ties and social networks.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-30
    Number of pages30
    JournalJournal of Development Economics
    Volume52
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 1997

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    Keywords

    • Construction labor
    • Institutional arrangements
    • Kinship
    • Occupational choice
    • Segmented labor markets
    • Social networks

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